15 February 2013

Casa Del Rio Melaka

Happy Lunar New Year!

I can't believe it's almost one month since my last update. Once again blogging has taken a backseat as I was busy with work, kid and renovation! Yep, going to have a minor reno to my kitchen and toilets and the exciting part is, I'm going to have a dry kitchen for baking! Yippeee! It's going to take 2-3 months and I seriously can't wait! I'm temporarily putting up at my MIL's place, and missing baking badly :( I guess I could make use of this period to get my blog up-to-date?

Anyways, this was a trip taken way back in Nov 2012. Hubby and I (and the kiddo) were invited to attend a wedding lunch at Segamat on a Sunday, so we reckoned we could do a stayover at Melaka on Sat and then make our way to Segamat the next day.

I had been waiting to stay at Casa Del Rio Melaka for the longest time and this was the perfect opportunity. It's located just next to Jonker Street which is really convenient. We were also pleasantly surprised that the hotel has an underground car park. Parking is usually a problem especially at Jonker Street area, so this time we didn't have to worry.

We were ushered to a lounge area and served a welcome ginger lime sorbet. It was really refreshing (after a 3hr drive) and instantly perked us up.

Felt good to relax at the lounge area while the front desk staff helped with the check-in procedures.

Front office.
The furnishings around the hotel is a fusion of Portugese heritage and Mediterranean colours, with an air of cozy and relaxed ambience.

After the check-in procedures were completed, we were shown to our deluxe river room.

View from entrance, with a corridor before reaching the bedroom.

To the left of the corridor is a walk-in wardrobe, leading to the bathroom.

The bedroom looked spacious and cozy.

Especially the king-size bed.

Side table and couch.

Study/work desk with stationary, magazines and books.

TV console with flat screen TV and sound system. The fridge and cofee/tea making facilities are hidden in the cabinets.

View from the bedroom area.

The bathroom was large, with an over-sized bathtub which dear son loved so much. He still talked fondly about the "hotel with bath tub and rubber duck" now.

Welcome snack in room, onde-onde, which was ehem, not very good (a bit too hard).

Small balcony overlooking the river.

We could see the famous Melaka attractions - Maritime Museum & Naval Museum and Melaka Menara Taming Sari (Taming Sari Tower).
Overall, the room was well-appointed and so cozy that we couldn't bear to leave the next day.
Breakfast was included in the room rate and served at The River Grill. It's a semi-buffet concept where some selections of food were available for self-service and a menu of breakfast items cooked-to-order, like waffles, egg benedict, bacon and eggs etc.

Freshly squeezed juices.

Wonder how honey dew juice tastes like? Didn't try it though.

They call it the "Bread Library" here, interesting.

Selection of spreads for the bread.

Do-it-yourself salad bar, very limited veggies though.
Some cheese and crackers.

Good selection of fruits; there was even a chef who carved the fruits on-the-spot.

Cereals and confit.

Fresh milk.

Nasi lemak and condiments.

Small selection of warm food like porridge, stir fried veggies, fried rice, steamed buns etc.

Condiments for the porridge.

I added some curry chicken, sambal ikan bilis, peanut, egg and cucumber to the nasi lemak. Sedap!

"Big breakfast" cooked-to-order. Love the sour dough bread especially!
I must say that the breakfast spread was quite sumptuous. In fact, didn't even need to order anything from the menu as the self-service spread was substantial enough.
The hotel grounds.

Infinity pool at level 3 of the hotel.

Lovely view.

If it wasn't for the bad weather, we would love to swim and chill out here.

A poolside bar serving light bites.

The pool staff was very friendly and even served us watermelon and water even though we were just taking a look at the pool and view.

Overall, we were very satisfied with the room furnishings, quality and service level of the hotel, and I believe this will be our choice of accommodation the next time we visit Melaka.


  1. I loved the onde onde....had never eaten anything like it!

  2. Great pictures! Do check out our coverage of Casa Del Rio Melaka as well!

    Happy Travels Everyone!


  3. Hi Tom,
    Thanks. Will pop over your site to take a look!

  4. Casa Del Rio is a great hotel in Melaka. I just got back from this hotel for vacation in Feb 2017. It was nearby jonker street, christ church and the heritage city itself. Very nice and hope get back very soon.